University of Utah Research Leads to Commercialization of “Smart Feeding Tube”

Feeding tubes are not as harmless as they seem. Every year in the U.S. over 40,000 feeding tubes are mistakenly placed into a patient’s lungs, which results in an estimated 6,000 deaths. But a University of Utah startup company, Veritract Inc., hopes to end these risks by making the placement of feeding tubes much safer […]

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Students leverage Lassonde experience to land good jobs

When Arlo McGinn entered the University of Utah (the U) as a doctoral student in pharmacology and toxicology, he had only an inkling of the entrepreneurial adventure he had undertaken. Initially tapped in 2008, along with MBA students Mark Adams and Kalyani Yerra, to evaluate the commercialization potential for a novel optically-guided endoscopic feeding tube […]

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Students win $40K at the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Garth Koyle and Seth Shoultes left Rice Eccles Stadium Wednesday evening with a $40,000 check after winning the grand prize at the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Final Awards Banquet. The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is a student entrepreneur competition sponsored by Zions Bank and has helped to fund dozens of student business ventures since its inception in […]

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Utah Entrepreneur Challenge announces top 30 teams

The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge — a statewide, student-run entrepreneur competition — announced the top 30 teams for its 2011 competition recently. These top 30 teams come from universities and colleges throughout Utah. Over 130 student teams registered for the yearly competition. Initial registrants were asked to submit a four- to seven-page executive summary, describing a […]

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Opportunity Quest winners for 2010-11

Students from 10 universities and colleges in Utah are each closer to starting their businesses after winning Opportunity Quest competitions sponsored by Zions Bank recently. Opportunity Quest is an executive summary competition held between November and February each year. Zion Bank sponsors the Opportunity Quest competitions held at 10 universities and colleges across the state. […]

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3, 2, 1, LEGO! U. hosts LEGO Championship Jan. 29

The first annual Utah FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Championship will kick off at 8 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2011. Five hundred and sixty middle school students, ages 9-14, will be competing in this exciting event, which combines LEGO robots, teamwork and an energetic, tournament atmosphere to promote science, technology and innovation. The Office of Venture […]

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U team wins techTITANS with bionic arm for ultrasound clinicians

A team from the University of Utah with a bionic arm for ultrasound clinicians won the annual techTitans idea competition earlier this month. Teams from across the state competed in the competition at the U of U. The winning teams survived several rounds of judging by local professors and business professionals who evaluated the merit […]

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U of U Students Score at Global Business Plan Competition

Short Solutions, a University of Utah startup company consisting of four current and former engineering students, won the Palo Alto Software Challenge Award at the 2010 Global Moot Corp Competition – the “Super Bowl of business plan competitions” – at The University of Texas in Austin. Only 40 teams from 12 countries qualified to participate. […]

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U of U Business Plan Team Accepted into World’s Largest and Richest Business Plan Competition

A team from the Lassonde New Venture Development Center at the University of Utah was chosen from 339 business plan teams from around the world to compete in this year’s Rice Business Plan Competition. Charity Williams, graduating in May with juris doctorate; Sean Mills, graduating with an MBA and Justin Baker, a second-year bioengineering Ph.D. […]

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